Visitor arrivals fall by 2 percent
Sat 20 November, 2010
Tourism Statistics Summary for July 2010 show that Anguilla’s visitor arrivals fell for the second month in a row this year, down 2 percent compared to July 2009.
The level of arrivals is reminiscent of levels in July 2003 and 2004.
The summary reveals that the downward pressure in visitor numbers was caused by excursionist arrivals which fell 18.2 percent over the corresponding period.
Conversely, tourist arrivals increased 15.5 percent this month over July 2009.
Visitor traffic by air into the renamed Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport for July has fallen for the third year in a row in line with reduced seat capacity of air services into Anguilla.
Passenger arrivals, both resident and visitor movements, was fairly constant this period barely moving 0.1 percent.
Passenger traffic was strongest at the seaports, accounting for 88.5 percent of arrivals.
Blowing Point seaport, the main port of entry had 15,829 passengers or 78.6 percent. The Sandy Ground port docked 1,991 passengers or 9.9 percent, and the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport 2,318 passengers or 11.5 percent.
The number of passenger departures for the month under review when compared to July 2009, showed that departures were down 2.8 percent to 18,501 passengers.
Blowing Point seaport, the main port of exit, had 14,622 passengers or 79 percent; and both the Sandy Ground seaport 1,945 and the Clayton J. Lloyd Airport 1,934 passengers accounting for 10.5 percent of departures each.
The positive performance of tourist arrivals - visitors who spend at least one night in Anguilla - for this month was encouraging in light of lower overall visitor arrivals and was up 15.5 percent from July 2009.
The average intended length of stay also had a modest stretch this month to 7.9 days compared to 7.7 days in July 2009.
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